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Poster: Jonathan Aizen Date: Jan 12, 2003 4:55am
Forum: etree Subject: Need some beta testers

Hello all,

A feature that has been widely requested is to include review information on the search results pages (for all media types). I've developed a working demo for the LMA. I need help from some non-novice users (preferably users who have made use of the search feature regularly).

I'm very interested in two things:
1) speed. is it slower than the regular search?
2) correctness. if you ever get different results on the new search results page than on the old one, that's a problem.

So, here is how you can test.

Perform a search, and then in the address bar change etree-searchresults.php to etree-searchresults-rev.php. Please note: all links on the results page will lead back to the old results page with no review information. If anything ever looks wrong, make sure you've inserted -rev.php. This is why I ask for non-novice users to test the feature - it's easy to get confused if you don't keep this in mind.

Here is an example of the new search results page.

All feedback is extremely appreciated before this rolls out to the site.


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Poster: Tyler_in_SD Date: Jan 12, 2003 8:49am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Need some beta testers

worked great!

1. speed: no noticable difference between regular search and -rev searches. averages about 1-1.5 seconds from begging of search to completion loading of search page results.

2. page is displayed correctly.

The review paramaters also apply when sorting by various paramaters.


Sorted by number of directory views, the shows with reviews have them displayed in the results page. The 'review' sort filed is also good and ranks shows from 5 stars down.

only one question/fix ... on the 'user ratings' sorted page above, in cases of 'ties' how are those arranged in relation to others with the same amount of stars?

Great job again Jon. Keep it up!


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Poster: Jonathan Aizen Date: Jan 12, 2003 11:39am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Need some beta testers

Glad it is working for you. If all goes well, I'll replace the old with the new.

To answer your question, if you hover your mouse over the stars, you'll see the more accurate rating (e.g. 4.66667) - reviews are ranked by this number. If two reviews have the same number (e.g. 5.00000) they are sub-sorted by ID in descending order (which basically means newer shows at top). If there is a better idea, I'm all ears :)

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Poster: SweetUpNDown Date: Jan 12, 2003 1:41pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Need some beta testers

it seemed to take slightly longer... same accuracy... with your example though (the one you linked in your post)... just fyi, it ranked the shows in order of most recently added that HAD reviews... all others that were recently added without reviews went to the bottom... i think it is good to arbitrarily order the findings based on most recently added vs. highest downloaded (to make the concept of the "rich get richer" to occur less frequently)... but should it matter if there are stars or not to keep the shows form the top of the order?

thanks for your work, i love the mouse-over to see the actual rating!